HOUSTON (AP) - BP says oil containment operations have resumed in the Gulf of Mexico after a ship fire caused by a bolt of lightning had shut down the containment for about five hours.
BP spokesman Bill Salvin tells The Associated Press that containment operations resumed at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday. He says the containment cap that had been capturing the leaking oil was not damaged by the fire and the system was shut down as a precaution.
BP had said the fire was spotted around 9:30 a.m. on a drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished.
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